An application to Longford District Court for the appointment of an independent valuer in respect of Bord na Móna lands for a wind farm in Derryadd will be heard on July 26 next.
Bord na Móna has undertaken a comprehensive review of its land title and registration for the past number of years and one of the purposes of the review was to register the company’s title to land that was acquired over fifty years ago under compulsory purchase powers provided to it by the Turf Development Acts.
“Part of the review concerns land associated with the planned Derryadd wind farm,” a spokesperson explained.
“Following diligent enquiries and title searches, relating to some lands in the area, the company has been unable to trace the original title holders or their successors.”
The company has confirmed that in order to progress the transfer of the fee simple title of the lands in question, it has made an application to the local district court to appoint an independent valuer for the lands at Derryadd, Derryoghil, Corralough, Derryaghaun More, Derryart and Ards to act in the case.
“If the court approves the appointment, the independent valuer will evaluate the amount of compensation payable to the relevant title holders,” the spokesperson continued.
“Bord na Móna will then lodge the compensation monies with the court for payment to the title holders in accordance with its statutory powers under the Turf Development Acts.”